Nick's Club Only Kudos

As many of you recall from the January meeting, Nick Fox won club's choice for his Mild in the Club Only Competition. For most of these, the club's choice is usually the last time you hear about the beer. We're happy to find out that Nick's beer took a SILVER at the National level this time.

For the full story, go to the Homebrewers Associatiion Website. Here's the excerpt:

The Session Challenge, English Brown Ales Competition (February 20, 2010)

The AHA thanks Tim Hayner and the Impaling Alers club of Kent, WA for hosting the Session Challenge, English Brown Ales Club-Only Competition held February 20, 2010. This competition covered category 11 of the 2008 BJCP style guidelines. This was the fourth of six competitions in the August to May 2009-2010 cycle, with points going toward the Homebrew Club of the Year trophy. Points are awarded on a twelve-eight-four basis for first, second, and third place in the Club-Only Competitions. First, second, and third places in both the First and Final Round of the AHA National Homebrew Competition earn points on a six-four-two basis.

Of the 78 entries from 31 U.S. states and Canada, the following winners were chosen.

Award Brewer Club Affiliation Beer
1st Jonathan Powell
Lynnwood, WA
Beer Renegades of Everett, Washington (BREW)
"Bitter Bastard Brown,"
Northern English Brown
Ale, category 11C
2nd Nick Fox
Colonia, NJ
"Jack's Mild," Mild, category 11A
3rd Rick Stangle
& Dan O'Brien

San Diego, CA
"Nucklehead Nut Brown,"
Northern English Brown
Ale, category 11C

Second place out of 78 entries is a pretty damned good showing. This also says something about our membership's evolving pallette which is great. Here's to many more!

This gives the WHALES a REAL chance in the overall club of the year standings.

2009-2010 Club of the Year Point Standings

Points Club
12 KROC (Keg Ran Out Club), CO
12 Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, TN
12 Brew Free or Die, NH
12 Beer Renegades of Everett, Washington (BREW), WA
8 Indian Peaks Alers (IPA) ,CO
8 Long Beach Homebrewers, CA
8 PDX Brewers, OR
8 Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society (WHALES), NJ
4 Oregon Brew Crew (OBC), OR
4 Austin Zealots, TX
4 Charlottesville Area Masters of Real Ale (CAMRA), VA


The American Ales and Extract club only comps coming up in March and April are our last chance to pull ahead. Get your brew to the meeting and select your winners carefully! Also, don't forget to congratulate Nick on his brewing.